During my last company, my cofounder had given me the book Riding Shotgun: The Role of the COO by Nate Bennett and Stephen Miles. I finally finished it and learned a lot from it. The book featured stories from many different COOs and how they navigated their role. Most of the examples came from Fortune 500 companies, not startups. However, many of their lessons are still useful and provide a good framework for thinking about how the COO can work most effectively as part of the broader leadership team. It was also interesting to hear about different ways the role has been structured across various companies.
My biggest notes and takeaways are below.
I just finished reading How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything by Dov Seidman, and I had heard about it from another book I had read recently. It focused on morality, principles, and ethics in business (the "how" behind what companies do).
I really liked its description of the history behind the "wave" phenomenon at sports games and how it used that metaphor throughout the book. I found the book quite high level and abstract and wished for more tactics and examples, though there definitely were diverse stories throughout. It acknowledged this issue itself in the end saying that the book was less about tactics and more about the principles behind "how."
I can recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding how good principles and ethics in business can make people and companies more successful long term and how to incorporate such ideas into one's work.
Some of my notes and takeaways from the book are below.
I recently finished reading Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World by Madeline Levine. I think I heard about it from another author whose work I also enjoyed.
It reminded me a bit of How to Raise an Adult, which also tackled the issues of over-involved/over-protective/helicopter parenting. Levine approached the issues through the lens of a psychologist who works with kids of all ages, and it was eye-opening to hear about some of the cases/issues she has seen firsthand. She presents a lot of good guidelines and tips, most of which revolve around doing less and letting kids do work and develop for themselves.
I also liked the sections that focused on the parents and how she encourages them to live their own lives that don't revolve around their kids 24/7.
I enjoyed this book and recommend it to other parents who may be prone to getting over-involved with their own kids. Below are some of my main notes and takeaways.